VisIC, ZF team on 400V GaN inverter design

May 15, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
VisIC, ZF team on electric car GaN inverter design
GaN transistor startup VisIC Technologies is to jointly develop power electronics components for a 400V GaN inverter for electric vehicles with automotive Tier One supplier ZF Friedrichshafen in Germany.

The GaN inverter partnership is expected to strengthen the partners’ development efforts based on VisIC's D3GaN semiconductor technology. The activities will focus on 400V driveshaft applications covering the largest segment of the electric vehicle market.

"VisIC's D3GaN technology is designed to meet the high reliability standards of the automotive industry and offers the lowest losses per R ds(on). It also simplifies system solution development and enables highly efficient and cost-effective powertrain solutions," said Tamara Baksht, CEO of VisIC.

The adoption of wide band gap semiconductor technology, which includes silicon carbide and gallium nitride materials, would significantly strengthen ZF's competitive position in the development of the most cost-effective and efficient electric drive axles.

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